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Mayor of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz took a moment on MSNBC's “AM Joy” to respond to President Donald Trump's damning Saturday morning tweetstorm, saying the relief efforts — and her plea for help — should not be “about petty comments.”

Talking with host Joy Reid, Cruz said she was simply “asking for help” and not “saying anything nasty about the president.”

The San Juan mayor continued, saying the three-star general deployed to Puerto Rico has confessed “he doesn't have enough troops, and he doesn't have enough equipment of what he needs to get the situation under control,” echoing the sentiments Cruz made prior to the general's arrival.

“This isn't about me. This isn't about anyone,” Cruz opined. “This is about lives that are being lost.”

Reid kept on, though, asking what Cruz thought of Trump's attack on the people of Puerto Rico, saying he thought they were too lazy to help themselves.

Cruz outlined examples of what she saw happening in her community — people who lost everything coming out to help each other.

“So, again, and I can say this to you with a smile,” Cruz said. “I am not going to be distracted by small comments, by politics, by petty issues. This is one goal, and it is to save lives. That's all that matters.”

Pointing out that President Trump and First Lady Melania were scheduled to visit the island Tuesday, Reid asked if Cruz would meet with them during their visit.

“What I would really like him to do,” Cruz said, “is not just have a helicopter ride over to survey areas, just to go out into the towns where people are drinking out of creeks, or the towns where all the cows and the dead people are together.”

“One can visit as a photo op, or one can visit to make sure things get done the right way,” she concluded. “I'm hopeful.”

Watch Cruz's remarks on “AM Joy” below, via MSNBC.

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@rgcomega(23 likes)If those are the rules, then you should shut your own small mouth twinky! U.S. taxpayers spending billions, the military, Coast Guard, and a dozen federal agencies are doing their level best to help deal with the disaster while still cleaning up after Irma and Harvey. You're not the only one with problems. You might show some gratitude instead of biting the hand that's feeding you. Guessing you're angry there's no place to spend the money Soros put in your pocket to make such detestable remarks. All thing considered, I think Trump went too easy in representing the interests of Americans and the Governemnt of which you have such low regard. 
Kathy Tscheiner(20 likes)She missed the point of his comments.  She needs to step up her game.  We cannot do everything for everybody.  They need to get their act together.
Anonymous(17 likes)She criticised Trump and everyone that is there trying to help them and she's surprised that Trump defended his efforts and the efforts of 1000's of people that are already there? Shame on her for that. Shame on her for not being satisfied and grateful for all the help that is pouring in.  They know what bad shape the entire country is in...is it not expected that it will be very difficult and time consuming to get everything they need? Of course it will. Maybe she, and the other officials, should have been more prepared themselves instead of waiting for everyone else to step up. Maybe then the people wouldn't be suffering right now. Maybe then the people would have water and food at the very least. 1000's of people are stepping up to help and all I hear are complaints. Just shameful. The people there are hurting because their country wasn't prepared and she wants to pass the blame to Trump to deflect from her own inefficiency.